“Bloom where you are Planted.” I heard this saying years ago and casually tried to live by itwhile residing in Massachusetts, Texas, Michigan, and Illinois. When my husband and I relocated to Minnesota, I experienced a renewed dedication to this saying and way of life. A loyal New Englander in Minnesota, I needed an outlet that would help me blossom, even in the coldest and loneliest of days. I looked to my artistic side and knew I possessed untapped potential. Art had always been a part of my life but, I needed to take risks, experiment, get instruction, and paint, paint, paint! I had to find out who I was as an artist and develop my own unique style. Now was the time to bloom where I was planted and I did!
“If you keep doing the same thing, you are going to keep getting what you aregetting.” I have always liked variety, trying new things, and being recognized and appreciated. When my triplets were born, I became the “Mother of Triplets”. For years, I was dedicated to thenurturing and care of Mary, Maggie, and Michael and was involved in their education and many activities. I volunteered to chair the school auction, ran the church fair, organized the school carnival,and held positions as a Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Leader, President of the PTA and Prop-master. On top of my numerous volunteer opportunities, my husband, John, and I were alwaysworking on some sort of house project. We always bought a house that needed a lot of work— we moved 7 times to “fixxer uppers”. During this period of my life, art was present through arts and crafts and home decor, but developing myself as an artist was always on the back burner.
“Believe in Yourself! Have Faith in Your Abilities!” Believing in myself and having faith in my artistic talent may have been the hardest hurdles to overcome. It took years. I could paint, I could create, but could I believe? While living in Minnesota, away from family and lifelong friends, I was forced to persevere. My confidence in my artistic ability gradually grew stronger. I learned to analyze, recreate, change directions, and eventually, love what I created. Time after time, seeing the process through and forcing myself to paint during those times of dissatisfaction were the keys to my success and the feelings of accomplishment. Often times, I would step back from a finished piece and think: Wow, I cannot believe I painted this!
“Live Your Heart’s Passion!” Now it is all about me (and John). I have to become fulfilled, seek happiness and strive for success! I aim to make each day an adventure and create new paintings as often as possible. For me, it is all about color and design. I am gifted with a talent and I need to continue to explore the possibilities and “Reach for the Stars!”